Thanksgiving can be a stressful time of the year—cooking dinner for the family, making sure the house is spotless and playing host and ensuring everyone has a great time—the list is tiresome. Since this time of the year is supposed to be filled with love and gratitude, think about incorporating these five things into your plan to make this Thanksgiving a stress-free celebration.
Make dinner a potluck
If you’re playing host this year, consider making Thanksgiving dinner a potluck instead. You’ll remove the unnecessary stress of prepping and cooking a large meal, giving yourself some much needed time to focus on other more important things like spending quality time with your family. It’s also a great idea to create a menu online to share with your guests so they can sign up for their portion of the meal, eliminating duplicate foods and ensuring everyone is happy.
Clean in stages
Instead of trying to tackle cleaning the house in one go with only 24 hours before the first guest arrives, carve out 15 minutes of your day for a whole week prior to Thanksgiving to tackle each portion of your house, room by room. Using all-natural cleaners without harsh chemicals, try to clean each room strategically—for example, tackle the kitchen the day before trash day, so you can get rid of old food quickly without having a smelly trash can for days.
Make a new tradition
When hosting holidays, there’s nothing more stressful than making sure everyone is having a great time. This year, try making a new tradition for your loved ones to enjoy, whether it be taking a long walk after dinner, playing a fun board game or watching your favorite holiday movie to kick off the season.
Roll with the punches
No matter what happens, accept the situation for what it is. With family get togethers, things might not go as planned, so instead focus on why you’re all celebrating together and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones.
Take a little “me” time
You’ve decided on a potluck and the house has been cleaned—now you have time to sit back, relax and focus on you. Try picking up your favorite book, meditate or soak in a relaxing bath with fun holiday bath salts like Dresder Essenz Blaze of Lights or Cozy Winter Moments.
Make this Thanksgiving a stress-free and enjoyable holiday with your loved ones. From our Dresdner Essenz family to yours, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.